Prophecies have told us that this is the time for women to step into their power and help transform the world. It is clear that the old patriarchal ways have not been kind to the Earth. It’s time for more wisdom, kindness, and gentleness. It is time for more heart, more inter-connectedness, more compassion. Fortunately, right now, in addition to women everywhere who are beginning to embrace their own kinder version of power (as author Starhawk once explained, “Power with, not power over,”) there are also good men who are modeling the ways of “the Sacred Masculine.”
I have been especially excited about and grateful for the ascent of two men in particular. 1) Pope Francis. 2) Bernie Sanders.
Neither man is afraid to show their feminine side. Neither embraces the old patriarchy. Both model lives of compassion, kindness, and relative simplicity. Both are a breath of fresh air in a world filled with a few too many money-driven human beings enmeshed in an old paradigm that no longer serves the people or the planet.
I believe we are exceedingly blessed to have the voices and hearts of these two men in our collective lives. Through them we are learning that it is okay to care about the less fortunate and to dream of a kinder world.
In the last 2000 years, there have certainly been other men who have modeled the Sacred Masculine. We have, first of all, Jesus. And also the Buddha and the Dalai Lama. And St. Francis, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Chief Seattle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Archbishop Desmund Tutu, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and quite a few others. Each of these men has modeled love, kindness, peace, and/or non-violence. Though many of these men have held positions of power, they have never abused that power. They were famous, but many of them maintained a humility not often seen in men revered by the masses. ‘Most all of them lived lives infused with a spirituality that knew no rigid dogma.
Two of the most powerful positions on the entire planet are those of pope and president of the United States. Pope Francis, more than any other pope in recent memory, embodies compassion, kindness, and respect for the common (hu)man. Bernie Sanders does, too. In an interview with Barbara Walters, Sanders said he wanted most to be remembered for his compassion. How many presidential candidates can you imagine uttering those words? If we, as a people, are wise enough to elect such a man as our next president, perhaps we and this dear planet may have a chance to survive, and even, dare we hope, thrive.
I am supremely grateful for this pope and this presidential candidate, as well as all the other men in this world who exhibit traits of kindness, wisdom, and compassion. Long may you wave. I honor you and I pray for your safety. Thank you for stepping up to the plate!